In practical terms, they can get the same advanced, unified technology that only Fortune 500 companies - with massive IT budgets - have been able to afford until now. With significant discounts, easy deployment and simple maintenance, we believe Unison will be quickly adopted in the education sector.
New York, NY (PRWEB) October 28, 2008
Unison Technologies today announced the first fully-unified communications software offering for schools and colleges. Unison, the unified communications software, will be available with substantial discounts for educational establishments, making it affordable even on tight budgets. More information about the offering is available at http://www.unison.com/education.
As a replacement for old-fashioned, basic e-mail and groupware software - such as Exchange 2003, Zimbra, or other Linux-based servers - Unison fully integrates e-mail, instant messaging, telephony and groupware into a single server and client. This allows organizations to work more efficiently, as well as massively reducing the maintenance effort and costs that come with separate e-mail and PBX solutions.
"Today marks the first time that schools and universities can realistically deploy unified communications," said Rurik Bradbury, CMO of Unison Technologies. "In practical terms, they can get the same advanced, unified technology that only Fortune 500 companies - with massive IT budgets - have been able to afford until now. With significant discounts, easy deployment and simple maintenance, we believe Unison will be quickly adopted in the education sector."
Many educational establishments, with traditionally stringent budgetary constraints, struggle with the cost and complexity of modern e-mail and telephone systems. Unison addresses these issues with low-cost educational licenses and a Linux architecture that is extremely simple to deploy and manage - yet even more powerful than non-unified communications such as Microsoft Exchange 2007, which costs five times more than Unison.
Unison integrates all major communications onto a single Linux unified communications server - Unison Server - which powers e-mail, instant messaging, a PBX, contacts and calendaring. Users access the server via Unison Desktop, a native application for Linux or Windows, which gives them all communication in one place. With Unison Desktop, users are more productive because they waste less time managing and searching for messages and instead focus on the tasks at hand.
Running on a single Linux server, Unison is more reliable and cost-effective than multi-server deployments like Microsoft Exchange plus a Nortel PBX, or Zimbra plus an Asterisk-based PBX. And because it includes an integrated PBX, e-mail and instant messaging system, educational establishments do not need to purchase and maintain multiple expensive servers in order to communicate. The software is initially targeted at small and midsized institutions or departments with 20 to 1000 students and staff.
Unison is available as a download or demo from the Unison Web site at http://www.unison.com or via partners. For more information about the educational offering, please visit http://www.unison.com/education.